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Wangari
Wangari

Wangari is a Afro-Jazz fusion band. Founded by Kenyan Singer Wangari. Co-led by American guitarist Paul Thibeault and Nigerian master percussionist Remi Kabaka. Including other prominent band members Wadada Khufu (bass player). The band explores various soundscapes centered on blues but also including various elements of art music, American Jazz, Taarab, Folk and Blues. Their work is often categorized as an Afro-Jazz fusion. Though the band has often rejected the term. From start Wangari took the unusual innovative approach of abandoning traditional straight ahead playing, instead featuring opportunities for continuous improvisation by every member of the band. But not overlooking more groove oriented and pre-strucured music.


Wangari Fahari, is noted as much for her exotic beauty, inimitable vocal style, sensual dancing and warm tone. Dominated by very pronounced melodies ruminating on a sensual ballad or ecstatic expression. She effortlessly sashays through three languages with impeccable phrasing and sense of space. Wangari stands out as mellow and mysterious, a piece with no borders. Her strategic and dynamic singing seemlessly moves above a whispher before fading into silence. A dancer from a young age. She incorporates movement if her singing. Her dancing is characterized by swaying hips or a cool African dance sparked by the moment or in a series of sophisticated powerful African dances. Abstract and sometimes repetitive. Her culture and charisma stays highly maintained and her curiosity left to wonder free so as to develop further. She eminently stands alone as an authentic representation of a Modern African vocalist. Close to the likes of Miriam Makeba and Nina Simone.


It probably goes without saying Paul Thibeault is a one-of-a-kind sort of guitarist. His interpretation of world music is infectious with skill and imagination. An eloquent and articulate guitarist. Patiently exploring open qualities. Giving away hip-swiveling rhythms and lush solos that can accelerate into a furious or a flattering breeze like ending. Paul has been called a Jazz guitarist but prides himself to the odd simplicity in his playing. His instrument lighting up as it was struck it is impossible not to be filled with wonder, even so the band gradually joins him loose and collected. As he in a grounded and pure way leads the band in to the un-known slowly they take a hold of the song as it comes together. Paul Thibeault carries a romantic feel panctuated by soaring vocals, a knotty talking drum and a driving bass line. Charmingly and lightly he crosses through Wangari's mystery and versatility, Bringing to his audience an unveiled heart-boggling collection of sound.


Remi Kabaka who is a Nigerian master percussionist and the producer of Fahari has been called the god of talking drum. He stands on a league of his own and with humility and deep spirituality considers himself a light hearted African drummer. Remi starts with his hour glass-shaped drum hanging on his left shoulder. Easy and natural with a breath, then a snap snap he flexes it's pitch to mimic the tone and prosody of Fahari. He gives permission to have rhythm by the simple fact that we all breathe and carry a rhythm to our lives. As the band comes to life the talking drum softly sends a cry to the audience like water drops, tap shoes and sometimes a train. He can be heard playing whole melodies and phrases. A sound that mesmerizes in a display of challenging exchanges and style. He exchanges phrases with all the visceral energy of jazz bringing the musicians to the unfolding saga. Completing the fascinating sound of